Koeël #1 of 29 of Kogel Bay Bullet GeoArt series
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This cache forms part of the Kogel Bay Bullet GeoArt series.
The cache is NOT at the coordinates listed. It is a mystery cache, which means you have to find out some information to help you determine where the true co-ordinates are. Below is a question that you have to correctly answer. You can then use the coordinates next to the correct answer to “update coordinates” on the cache page. This will lead you to the final destination cache. Once you have found the cache and logged it, the smileys will appear to form the geo-art of the bullet on your map.
Question: The word "kogel" comes from the Dutch/Afrikaans term “koeël”, which means "bullet" – True or False?
Answer 1: True - then coordinates are S 34° 14.653 , E 018° 51.215
Answer 2: False - then coordinates are S 34° 14.547, E 018° 50.758
If your answer gives coordinates that look wrong, then they probably are, as the caches are located along a walking trail, and not in water!
The caches are placed along the Klipspringer Hiking Trail in the Steenbras Nature Reserve.
NO HIKING PERMIT IS REQUIRED FOR THIS TRAIL. (Unlike Steenbras Gorge and Crystal Pools)
This trail should only be attempted from 07:30 to 16:00.
This series can either be done as a 16km challenging "red" route containing 29 caches, or a shorter easier 4km "blue" route containing 15 caches. (See route map in gallery).
NOTE: the red route can take up to 9.5 hours to complete so be prepared. (The FTF cachers took around 6 hours)
NOTE: It is our intention that you should bag all the smileys on the trail that you attempt, so we have designed the finds to be not too difficult. If, after an extensive search using the hint and the given co-ordinates, you still can't find the cache, you are permitted to place a replacement cache at the spot where the hint and co-ordinates point to. If you find a container or log sheet that needs attention, you are also welcome to repair/replace it for the benefit of future cachers.
"Kogel" comes from the Dutch/Afrikaans term “koeël”, which means ""bullet"".
The Steenbras Nature Reserve forms part of the greater Kogelberg Biosphere Reserve. The area is often referred to as ‘the heart of the fynbos.’ With more than 1 600 plant species it boasts the greatest floral diversity per unit area than anywhere else in the world. The area supports five different vegetation types and is regarded as one of the world’s biodiversity hotspots. The area was originally proclaimed as a protected area in 1979 and was registered with UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) in 1998 and was declared an area of international importance. The City of Cape Town’s portion of the protected environment is more than 8 400 hectares in extent. The reserve conserves a number of vegetation types including the critically endangered Kogelberg sandstone fynbos. The unique landscapes with its exceptional floral diversity is home to many interesting birds and animals, making the area well known for its scenic beauty.
Guidelines: Don't feed the baboons Don't remove animals or plants from the nature reserve Don't disturb nesting birds Don't litter Don't start or cause fires
Fynbos (an Afrikaans term derived from the Dutch “fijn-bosch”) literally means ‘fine bush’ and is the dominant vegetation in the area. Small pockets of forest and thicket are present, but less prominent. It is an evergreen, fire prone shrubland, characterised by the presence of restios, ericoid shrubs (principally in the families Ericaceae, Asteraceae, Rhamnaceae, Thymelaeceae and Rutaceae), as well as proteoid shrubs (Proteaceae).
The reserve has a comprehensive bird species list which includes the fynbos region’s six endemic bird species. These include the Orange-breasted sunbird (Anthobaphes violacea), Cape rockjumper (Chaetops frenatus), Cape sugarbird (Promerops cafer), Victorin’s warbler (Cryptillas victorini), Cape siskin (Crithagra totta) and protea canary (Crithagra leucopterus). A breeding pair of Verreaux’s eagle (Aquilla verreauxii) is also present in the area. Big game species are no longer present in the reserve, however smaller antelope species such as klipspringer, greysbok and common duiker are still abundant. Small mammal species such as the Smith’s red rock rabbit, rock hyrax, porcupine, genet and Cape fox are also found. Predatory species such as caracal and honey badger still occur in the reserve with the top predator species being the elusive Cape leopard.
NOTE: This series is a collaboration between ChaiThi2215 and Adventure_T
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Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum